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  1. 1. Speech, Democratic Engagement, and the Open Internet December 15th, 2009, 1:00 pm FCC Commission Meeting Room What is it about the Internet that has made it such an extraordinary platform for free speech, civic participation, democratic engagement, journalism, and cultural creativity? The workshop will examine the relationship between the Internet's openness and democratic speech and participation, including its impact on so-called "citizen journalism," as well as blogging, political organizing, and cultural expression. The workshop will also contrast the Internet with other communications media. 1:00-1:05pm Introduction of Workshop and Speakers, Stuart Benjamin – Distinguished Scholar in Residence, FCC Office of Strategic Planning 1:05-2:15pm Panelist Presentations Michele Combs, Vice President of Communications, Christian Coalition of America Glenn Reynolds, Blogger, Instapundit; Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor, University of Tennessee College of Law Jonathan Moore, Founder & CEO, Rowdy Orbit IPTV, LLC Ruth Livier, Actress, Writer and Producer, YLSE Garlin Gilchrist, Director of New Media, Center for Community Change Bob Corn-Revere, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Yale Law School Andrew Schwartzman, President and CEO, Media Access Project 2:15-3:00pm Question and Answer Period Open Internet Workshops Page 1 of 5
  2. 2. BIOS Jack Balkin Professor, Yale Law School Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School and the founder and director of Yale’s Information Society Project, an interdisciplinary center that studies law and the new information technologies, as well as the director of the Knight Law and Media Program at Yale. Under his leadership, the Yale Information Society Project has promoted the goals of democratic culture and access to knowledge. His work ranges over many different fields, including constitutional theory, Internet law, reproductive rights, freedom of speech, legal rhetoric, jurisprudence, and the theory of ideology. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and writes political and legal commentary at Balkinization. His books include Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (5th ed. with Brest, Levinson, Amar, and Siegel); Cultural Software: A Theory of Ideology; The State of Play: Law, Games and Virtual Worlds (with Beth Noveck); Cybercrime: Digital Cops in a Networked Environment (with James Grimmelmann et. al.); What Brown v. Board of Education Should Have Said; and What Roe v. Wade Should Have Said. His latest book, co-edited with Reva Siegel, is The Constitution in 2020. Stuart Benjamin Distinguished Visiting Scholar, FCC Office of Strategic Planning Stuart Benjamin is on leave from Duke Law School, where he is the Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law. He specializes in telecommunications law, the First Amendment, and administrative law. Before teaching law, Professor Benjamin clerked for Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court; worked as an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice; worked as an associate with Professor Laurence Tribe; and served as a staff attorney for the Legal Resources Centre in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He is co-author of Telecommunications Law and Policy (1st ed. 2001, 2nd ed. 2006), has written numerous law review articles, and has provided testimony to the Senate as a legal expert. He received his J.D. and B.A. from Yale. Michele Combs Vice President of Communications, Christian Coalition of America Open Internet Workshops Page 2 of 5
  3. 3. Bob Corn-Revere Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Bob Corn-Revere, a partner in the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, has extensive experience in First Amendment law and communications, media and information technology law. He regularly counsels clients and serves as litigation counsel in communications and Internet-related matters. Bob speaks and writes extensively on First Amendment and communications policy issues. Bob also successfully petitioned Governor George E. Pataki to grant the first posthumous pardon in New York history, to the late comedian Lenny Bruce in a landmark pro bono case. Bob’s clients include: A&E Television Networks, American Association of Advertising Agencies, Association of National Advertisers, American Advertising Federation, CBS Corp., ICM Registry, Motion Picture Association of America, National Association of Broadcasters, Playboy Enterprises and Viacom. Garlin Gilchrist, Director of New Media, Center for Community Change Garlin Gilchrist is the Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change, where his task is building a base of online supporters that will advocate for public policies that are in the best interests of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, and reflect strong community values in ways that ensure that their authentic voices are heard, amplified, and respected. In 2005 he co-founded and contributes to The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, one of the nation's leading Black political blogs. Mr. Gilchrist co-founded blacknetaction, a strategic collective of Black bloggers and online activists who coordinate online campaigns across the country. As a member of the New Organizing Institute's Trainer & Speakers Bureau, Gilchrist has taught activists, candidates, and campaign staffers across the country how to best utilize new media in their work. Garlin is also a Fellow and Senior Policy Analyst for Technology with the Northwest Progressive Institute, a netroots-powered strategy center working to advance the common good through ideas and action. Ruth Livier, Actress, Writer and Producer, YLSE Ruth Livier, an actress, writer, and producer, was recently featured on the cover of Written By, the WGA’s (Writers Guild of America) magazine as the first person to join the writers’ union for her work in New Media. Her award-winning dramedy “Ylse”, now in its second season, is produced under film and television industry unions SAG (Screen Actors Guild), DGA (Directors Guild of America) and the WGA. Her new webseries “Osiris” is in Open Internet Workshops Page 3 of 5
  4. 4. development. Prior to her work on the web, Ms. Livier garnered recognition for her screen, stage and voice-over work. Her starring role in the groundbreaking TV series “Resurrection Blvd.” earned a Best Actress ALMA Awards nomination and a win for the show. Ms. Livier was recently seen in Sam Raimi’s “Drag Me to Hell” and in the Fwak! animated feature “Los Campeones de la Lucha Libre.” She has guest-starred and recurred on numerous TV shows and her voice is heard in popular animated series such as FOX network’s “King of the Hill” and Playhouse Disney’s “Handy Manny.” She has played leading roles at the top theatre companies on the West Coast including The Center Theater Group and the prestigious SCR (South Coast Repertory). Ms. Livier received special recognition by the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, the Breakthrough in Entertainment Industry recognition from California Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante and the NAMIC Legacy Award. Jonathan Moore Founder & CEO, Rowdy Orbit IPTV, LLC Jonathan Moore is the Founder & CEO of Rowdy Orbit IPTV, LLC. Located in Martinsburg, WV, Rowdy Orbit is an online platform and destination featuring professionally produced webseries for a highly underrepresented consumer base: African American, Hispanic, Latino, and Native American viewing audiences. Before starting Rowdy Orbit, Jonathan Moore was a 16-year seasoned advertising creative executive, who developed successful general and multicultural executions for Fortune 500 clients such as Pontiac, McDonald’s, The Prudential, Novartis, US Army, Seagrams, Partnership for a Drug Free America, Sony Music, Mazda, Missouri Division of Tourism, and Burger King. Glenn Reynolds Blogger, Instapundit; Professor, University of Tennessee College of Law Glenn Harlan Reynolds is the Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Internet Law. He is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he was a founder of the Yale Law and Technology Association, and he writes regularly for Popular Mechanics, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Examiner, Forbes, and other publications. He also blogs at and hosts a regular show on He previously blogged for Fox News and MSNBC. Andrew Schwartzman President and CEO, Media Access Project Open Internet Workshops Page 4 of 5
  5. 5. Andrew Jay Schwartzman is the President and CEO of Media Access Project (MAP). He has directed the organization since June 1978. MAP is a non-profit public interest telecommunications law firm that represents the public's interest in promoting the First Amendment rights to speak and to hear. It seeks to promote creation of a well informed electorate by insuring vigorous debate in a free marketplace of ideas. It has been the chief legal strategist in efforts to oppose major media mergers and preserve policies promoting media diversity. MAP has also led efforts to promote openness and innovation on broadband networks and to ensure that broad and affordable public access is provided during the deployment of advanced telecommunications networks. Mr. Schwartzman has appeared on behalf of MAP before Congress, the FCC and the courts on issues such as cable TV regulation, minority and female ownership and employment in the mass media, and on FCC jurisdiction with respect to the Internet. Open Internet Workshops Page 5 of 5